VAI Announces Cybersecurity Webinar Highlighting Critical Security Points and Featuring U.S. DHS Cybersecurity Advisor, R.S. Richard Jr.

January 11, 2022

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – February 11, 2022VAI, a leading ERP software developer, today announced the details of its complimentary cybersecurity webinar, What Should You Do If You Are Hit With A Ransomware Attack and How Can You Protect Your Company’s Data? The webinar will take place February 15, 2022, and will feature VAI CIO and Security Expert, Kevin Beasley, and Guest Speaker, R. S. Richard Jr., Cybersecurity Advisor, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

In 2021, ransomware attacks have risen by 62% worldwide, and 158% in North America. Most organizations, regardless of size or industry, will be the victim of one or more ransomware attacks. As the foundation of any business, IT systems experiencing downtime from ransomware attacks or viruses can lead to business disruptions, lost revenue, or even lost customers. To protect against these threats, having the right security framework and preparedness will be crucial in 2022.

In this webinar, VAI will highlight key security points including:

  • What is Ransomware?
  • What Industries are affected?
  • What to do if you are hit by Ransomware?
  • Bad Practices
  • How to protect yourself for the future
  • Benefits of the VAI Cloud

“During this webinar, we’ll explore how Ransomware is affecting so many businesses today, causing disruption and impacting operational efficiencies,” said Kevin Beasley, CIO, VAI. “Security has to be top of mind for all companies of every size and industry, all of whom need to invest in technology to shore up their defenses and implement safety procedures everyone should follow within the organization. We are especially excited and honored to have R. S. Richard Jr., Cybersecurity Advisor for CISA, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, join us for this very special webinar and we encourage all our customers to attend.”

The webinar’s hosts each have extensive cybersecurity expertise. Biographies are included below.

About Kevin Beasley, CIO, VAI

As CIO at VAI, Kevin Beasley oversees both the corporation’s technology strategy in conjunction with product development and the internal information technology initiatives that support the goals of the company. He has decades of ERP, SCM, and WMS consulting experience and extensive experience in the IT space. Beasley, who joined VAI in 1988, is a key presenter at VAI conferences and events, and serves as a leading source for VAI media and PR relations.

About R.S. Richard Jr., Cybersecurity Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Rich Richard is a native Long Islander who served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 2003. After honorably retiring from the Navy in 2003 as a Data Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer, Rich, his wife and his twin sons moved to Chesapeake, VA where he worked at the Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM) as a Senior Cyber Security Engineer managing a team of cyber security engineers which was responsible for the certification and accreditation of all Navy systems and networks. Most recently, Rich was the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) with Northrop Grumman in Bethpage, NY where he directly supervised all facility Information System Security Officers and was responsible for managing the IT governance and cyber security compliance of 1200+ computers. Desirous to return to government service, Rich transitioned to the Department of Homeland Security / Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) where he currently serves as the Cybersecurity Advisor for CISA Region II.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.vai.net/events/what-to-do-when-you-are-hit-with-a-ransomware-attack

About VAI

VAI is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail, and service sectors. VAI's software solutions are backed by a wealth of experience and a reputation for excellence that countless companies rely on. With specific ERP solutions for food and pharmaceutical companies, VAI has helped some of the most recognized companies address key industry requirements and deliver bottom-line results. VAI continues to innovate with new solutions that leverage business intelligence, analytics, mobility, and cloud technology to help customers make more informed business decisions and empower their mobile workforce. For more information, visit www.vai.net.

About VAI Cloud LLC

VAI Cloud, LLC is the primary provider for cloud deployment of VAI’s S2K Software Suite. VAI Cloud enables businesses to have a disaster recovery plan and high availability in place without all the complexities and expense. VAI Cloud infrastructure spans multiple data centers with full synchronization between redundant systems. Customers in VAI Cloud can add additional resources and updates are done without the need for downtime. For more information, visit www.vaicloud.net.

For more information, please contact:

Diane Dady
VAI
631-619-4729
Bridget Devine
Walker Sands Communications
312-561-2492